Discover Law

Law affects almost everything we do, whether buying a bus ticket, downloading something from the internet or talking on our mobile phones.

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Law is the body of rules and regulations that is used to govern a society and the behaviour of its members. It protects our rights from abuse and punishes those who commit crime. If you are interested in making a contribution to a fair society and defending our rights, then a career in law can be very rewarding.

Discover Law is a two year programme designed for students who are interested in finding out more about studying and having a career in law.

Participants on the programme will have the opportunity to take part in on campus activities, external visits, and work experience placements which will give a first hand insight into a range of careers in law. Throughout the programme participants will also work with current undergraduate law students gaining an understanding of what studying a law degree here at Sheffield is really like.

Overall you’ll be improving your knowledge, gaining and developing skills, enhancing your personal statement/CV and most of all making friends and having fun.

Pathway structure

Year 12
  • Join us for a welcome event where we’ll tell you all about the pathway
  • Experience real life cases in a Sheffield law court and meet a judge
  • Get careers information from legal professionals at our Discovering Law Conference
  • Experience a three day residential summer school to give you a taste of life as a Law Student
  • Discover all the law degree courses on offer and decide which could suit you best
  • Apply for a law work placement
  • Participate in revision and academic study skills workshops to help with the transition to university
Year 13
  • Get expert guidance on applying to university and student finance at our UCAS workshop
  • Visit a major European Law firm in London and examine how ex-offenders are rehabilitated into society through a research workshop
  • Continue developing revision and academic study skills
  • Join us for a celebration event to recognise your success

Programme outcomes

Adjusted offer

Students who successfully complete the pathway will be eligible for a conditional offer for degrees at The University of Sheffield, subject to meeting pre-requisits, with the exception of degrees in Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

To qualify for an adjusted offer for Medicine you must have completed the Discover Medicine pathway and to qualify for an adjusted offer in Dental Surgery you must have completed Discover Dental Professions.

If you wanted to take a 1 x year gap break before applying to The University of Sheffield, or need to resit A Levels to achieve a higher grade, the adjusted offer would be made available in the following year only.

Support with exam revision

To be successful on the degree course you eventually choose, you will be required to meet certain entry requirements, which are set to reflect the academic level of course content and to ensure that you can be comfortable in achieving a good standard in your degree.

As a participant of the Discover programme you will have the opportunity to participate in activities and events that are designed to help you to achieve the grades that you need to get into university including study skills workshops and revision sessions.


How to apply

Talk to the head of your sixth form or your course leader to find out. They will tell you if you are eligible based upon the criteria and information we have provided for them. You and your parents or carers will then need to complete the online application form, via your registered school/college coordinator.

Taking part in the Discover programme shows commitment and could enhance your university application. However, it does not guarantee you a place at university. Places are subject to availability and you can only be registered on one sustained Widening Participation pathway at the University of Sheffield at any one time.

Eligibility requirements

Academic criteria

A Level (or equivalent) requirements:

  • No specific subject requirements but should be studying at least 3 A Levels or relevant equivalent and at least 2 should be on the University’s acceptable subject list

GCSE requirements:

  • Min. 5 A*-B (or 9-6), plus a minimum of C (4) in English if not already included

Widening participation criteria (essential)

  • Attend a State School

Widening participation Criteria (additional - between one and all of the following)

  • Are from a low progression to HE area and the lowest socio-economic groups
  • Are a Looked After Child/Young Adult Carer/Estranged student
  • Are a student with a declared disability
  • Have individual circumstances that mean they will need to overcome other barriers to learning/progression. (We will assess this element on an individual basis, based on the information provided by the school)
  • Are in the first generation of their family to enter Higher Education (HE) (other than siblings, or parents who attended HE as a mature student)

Contact us

Email: discoverlaw@sheffield.ac.uk

We are currently working remotely so our usual landline phone lines are not in use. To arrange a call back please email us as listed above. 

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